• Critics’ Pick
  • Hot Kitchen

  • Chinese $12-$28
  • 104 Second Ave.
    New York, NY 10003
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone: 212-228-3090
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It's strange to find the sort of authentic Sichuan restaurant that usually requires trekking to Queens (or at least the right block of midtown) in the student-friendly East Village. Yet here's Hot Kitchen, bright and clean, with cordial-enough (if rather slow) service, jammed with Chinese families digging into communal chile-laced dishes that make liberal use of tingly Sichuan peppercorn. Start with preserved meat dumplings, which are juicy and pack a more nuanced meaty flavor than the usual steamed dumpling. Hot and sour sweet potato noodles are a must-order: glassy vermicelli in a mouth-numbing, deeply savory broth that seems to brim with curative properties. While chicken wings won't be the best you've ever tasted, they're worth trying for the elaborate (Hunan-leaning) bed of potatoes, mushrooms, lotus, and chopped chiles they're arrayed on, like some sort of spice fiend's Thanksgiving redux. Dry-fried and crunchy Mei Shan beef, with its sweet-and-spicy notes, should appeal to American-Chinese aficionados and hard-core regional-cuisine nerds alike. Skip the village spicy chicken, which, if ordered boneless, arrives chopped and flavorless on a bed of bell peppers. Prices are a bit higher than what you find in Flushing, but the shorter subway trip makes up for it.
http://www.hotkitchenny.com
  • Hours

    Mon-Thu, 11:30am-11:30pm Fri-Sat, 11:30am-midnight Sun, 11:30am-10:30pm

  • Prices

    $12-$28

  • Payment

    American Express Discover MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

    Delivery Lunch Take-Out

  • Alcohol

    Beer and Wine Only

  • Reservations

    Accepted/Not Necessary

  • Delivery Area

    Houston St. to 14th St., Ave. C to University Pl.

  • Delivery Hours

    Daily, noon-10pm

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